Economic Development Director
Aubrey Nettles has dedicated her life and career to investing in public service initiatives across the region, striving to improve the quality-of-life for citizens and to create growth opportunities for businesses. And, Nettles is excited to bring her business acumen and passion for local government to the “Show Me City” as the new Executive Director of Economic Development.
Nettles comes to Missouri City from College Station, where she was the Economic Development Manager. Her decade of expertise spans marketing, retail recruitment, business park development, and retention/expansion of businesses. In addition to College Station, Nettles has served in Fulshear and Harris County.
“Aubrey brings a wide array of experience in retail recruitment, economic development agreements, and most importantly, redevelopment,” Interim City Manager Bill Atkinson announced on Monday, Aug. 2, noting that a nationwide search was conducted for the position. “Her experience in redevelopment will be invaluable with respect to the City’s focus on the Texas Parkway and Cartwright Road corridor.”
In her first month with the City, Nettles made an immediate impact, initiating progress on a number of fronts, including meeting with existing business owners, developers, development prospects and area partners such as the Fort Bend Economic Development Council.
“I am very excited to serve as Missouri City’s Director of Economic Development,” said Nettles. “I believe Missouri City is uniquely situated to thrive because of its location, quality-of-life, and diversity, and I will work diligently to facilitate continued growth and success for the City.
As Nettles charts a strategic course forward, Interim City Manager Atkinson has tasked her with three key initiatives to focus on.
The first is completing new economic development incentive policies. “These will include programs such as a building facade program, a restaurant incentive program and working with existing landowners to focus on the redevelopment of the Texas Parkway/Cartwright Road Corridor,” said Atkinson. Nettles will work closely with the City Council-appointed Small Business Advisory Committee and the Texas Parkway/Cartwright Corridor Development Advisory Committee to solicit feedback as part of a needs assessment for the corridor. “These recommendations will then be developed as proposed policies to be brought forward for consideration by the Council,” said Atkinson.
Nettles’ second priority will be to provide information on state and federal programs that can assist existing businesses throughout the city.
Third, Atkinson has asked her to become familiar with the local real estate broker community in order to find opportunities where the City may assist in retail development and redevelopment. “This will be especially important as the nation’s businesses continue to recover from the impact of the pandemic,” said Interim City Manager Atkinson.
Nettles will manage a department budget of $2,288,944 budget and two employees devoted to recruiting, retaining and growing business in Missouri City. Her team will also serve as liaisons to the two Council committees focused on economic development.
Nettles earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Texas A&M University in May, 2010; a Master of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Houston in August, 2012; and is presently completing requirements at the University of Oklahoma to become a Certified Economic Developer.
“We are excited about having Aubrey on our team,” Atkinson said. “And, with her leadership, we look forward to all the great things to come related to Economic Development.”